S.V. Gratitude

Brewer 44, hull number 284

18 March 2019 | Cumberland Island, GA
08 February 2019
08 February 2019 | George Town, Exumas
01 February 2019 | Great Harbor Cay
31 December 2018 | Stuart, FL
21 December 2018 | Stuart Florida
21 December 2018
17 December 2018 | Stuart, FL
14 December 2018 | St. Augustine, FL
13 December 2018 | Sister’s Creek
12 December 2018 | Atlantic Ocean
11 December 2018 | Windmill Harbour
01 March 2017 | Exumas
26 February 2017 | Jumentos Cays & Ragged Islands
09 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Jumentos Islands, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | En Route to Nassau
23 January 2017 | Sister Creek, Marathon, FL
06 January 2017 | Cayo Costa State Park
17 March 2016
14 March 2016

All set to go!

21 December 2018
When one travels internationally, one requires certain shots, immunizations, and certifications in order to enter a different country. The same is true for our traveling companions.

While we are in Stuart, and enjoying the liberty provided by a car, we have done a myriad of necessary errands — replenishing the LP supply, doing loads of laundry, preliminary (i.e. non-perishable) provisioning, and having Thumbelina, our 14+ year old cat checked out by a veterinarian. The Bahamas “requires” that animals must be seen by a vet within 48 hours of arrival. It is unclear whether that means after arrival (and there is no way to find a vet in some of the Bahamian locations where we may clear in) or before arrival in the Bahamas, and we never know when we are going to depart the US to go to the Bahamas. We only go when the weather forecast indicates a safe and comfortable crossing of the Gulf Stream, and we may not know that until immediately prior to our departure, at which point it is too late to schedule a vet visit anyway. The Bahamian authorities seem to recognize this because there is flexibility for boaters precisely because weather is so uncertain and changing. As a result, we have resorted to having the necessary certifications done when convenient and reasonably close to the time of crossing. (We even have visited veterinarians on the West Coast of Florida weeks before crossing because we knew they were available and we had the time.)

Yesterday was such a time, so we went to a local veterinarian recommended by friends and she had a thorough (and intimate, much to Thumbelina’s dislike) examination. As you can see, she is a pretty laid back cat, even to relaxing in the scales during the visit while the Dr. was checking on some requirement or another. Thumbelina has her “passport” (animal import license) and now her health certification, so she is all set to go!

We will be flying to LI for Christmas with Kea, Ethan, and Hunter, returning shortly thereafter, and crossing sometime after the first of the year once the weather window permits.
Vessel Name: Gratitude
Vessel Make/Model: Brewer 44 Ketch
Hailing Port: Brandon, VT
Crew: Van and Lauren
About: It is hard to believe, but this is our 7th season aboard Gratitude. It will be a short season and close to FL, but we hope to relax, enjoy the time, being on the water, and each other. Come along.
Extra: Live it while you can.

2015 Cruise

Who: Van and Lauren
Port: Brandon, VT